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Value of a Fortified Wine

May 15, 2013
Question by: Sylvia, Great Britain, via Mobile

Q:

1988 Crest port 25 years old  is it valuable?

A:

Hi Sylvia, We are not aware of any Port producer that uses or has used the name Crest.  Just as sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, France, is not strictly "Champagne" so fortified wines made outside of the Douro region of Portugal are not strictly "Ports."   As makers of true Port here in Portugal, and not active in the secondary market for Port or any other wines, Symington Family Estates are not well placed to help you on this query. 

Generally, the secondary market for fine wine focuses on true Ports, made in Portugal by the top producers, which have been verifiably well-cellared since purchase.  For fortified wines made in other countries, there may be a local market for those wines, for example as a general rule, Australian fortifieds are more sought-after in Australia than other countries.  Your best bet would be to consult a local wine merchant or auction house that handles fine wines.  In Great Britain there are many fine regional auctioneers who may be able to help you.

Though this site is about Port, the guidelines under Enjoying Port would be applicable to other fortified wines which are made in the Port style.  If you decided to open and enjoy this bottle yourself, rather than sell it, you may want to review the articles about cellaring, decanting and serving Port. 

 



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